Want to reduce your tuition bill?

Then let us introduce you to T.R.I.P. (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)!

This year, GRACE has joined with ShopWithScrip and other local vendors to help you earn money towards your tuition costs at GRACE. By purchasing gift cards for everyday expenses at national or local vendors, you can earn a rebate to use toward your tuition bill.

How does it work?

Let’s say, for example, you are planning to make a purchase at Xvendor for $100. Instead of directly paying Xvendor, you would purchase an Xvendor gift card for $100 from GRACE. Xvendor has agreed to give back a rebate of 10% for your $100 gift card, which would be $10.

What happens with the rebate earned?

80% of the rebate earned will go into your TRIP account. GRACE will keep 20% of each rebate you earn to offset costs incurred for operating the program. So, that $100 gift card that you used to make your purchase in turn gives you an $8 rebate which goes into your TRIP account and a $2 rebate which goes to GRACE.

When do I receive my earned rebates?

Each month, on or near the 20th, your rebates earned for the month will be credited to your GRACE account. You will receive a receipt of the rebate distribution via email when it is posted to your account. You can also see your rebate posted to your account in the Parent Portal or on your monthly emailed billing statement.

How do I buy gift cards?

There are a few ways to obtain gift cards and a few different types of gift cards.

1.       Types of cards:

a.      Physical Gift Cards: One-time use cards.

b.     Reload Cards: Cards that you can reload to increase its balance and use over and over again. Reload cards take 24 hours to reload.

c.      ReloadNow Cards: Cards that you can reload to increase its balance and use over and over again, and are available within minutes, sometimes seconds!

d.     ScripNow: Virtual cards that you purchase in your account online and are held in your Scrip Wallet. Some ScripNow has to be printed before you can use it, but many are available on your phone by logging into your ShopWithScrip account and accessing the wallet.

2.       Ways to order:

a.      Instant TRIP: An inventory of various vendor gift cards will be kept on-hand in the GRACE office for purchase on Thursday or Friday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. You simply fill out the Instant TRIP Form after checking the vendor availability on the office TRIP board, give to the either Robyn, Tammy, or other TRIP helpers, and they will verify your order, availability, and fill your order. Simple. But, do be aware that sometimes we will be out of an Instant TRIP vendor.

b.     Weekly TRIP Order: A way to be sure that you will get the gift cards that you want is by using the Weekly TRIP Order Form. If your order is turned in by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, it will be available the following Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

c.      ShopWithScrip: You can register for a ShopWithScrip account to order online with your computer, tablet, or phone.

                                                               i.     You can order gift cards to pick up from GRACE on Thursday or Friday, but don’t forget the deadline for orders is 1:00 p.m. on Friday and will then be available for pick up by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

                                                             ii.      For Reloading a card or buying ScripNow, you can do while logged into your ShopWithScrip account. Very easy and convenient to do on your phone.

How do I know what types of cards that each vendor offers?

For Instant TRIP or Weekly Orders, you will note on the form what kinds are available. For a complete list of vendors and what types of cards they offer, visit the ShopWithScrip webpage, scroll to the bottom of the page. Under “Quick Links,” click on “Retailer List” or “Retailer List by Category” for all vendors available and any restrictions. Do note that there are some vendors not available through ShopWithScrip, but are only available with Instant TRIP and/or Weekly Orders.

I really want to reduce my tuition bill, but I’m not sure I understand it all!

No problem! Throughout the year, we will hold some training workshops and question and answer sessions to help you learn how to earn! Watch your GRACE emails for dates and times.

I’m ready! How do I sign up?

Email tammy@gracehsaonline.org to receive a ShopWithScrip invitation and agreement form. Complete the steps and you are ready to start earning!

What if I already have a ShopWithScrip account, but want to start using my rebate earnings for GRACE tuition?

While logged into your ShopWithScrip account and on the Dashboard page, go to Account Settings, Manage Non-Profits. Click on “Join Another Non-Profit.” You can get the enrollment code by emailing tammy@gracehsaonline.org or speak to Robyn. Or, just as signing up, you can email with a request for an invitation.

What if I have more than one program that I would like to use my rebates for?

You can do that! You can switch between the different organizations that you have joined by going to the Dashboard, Account Settings, and Manage Non-Profits. You will need to get the enrollment codes for the other organizations to join them.

Can my mom participate in TRIP to help us reduce our tuition bill, too?

Yes! As a retired homeschool parent, now grandparent, I participate in TRIP to help reduce tuition for my grandchildren. Your mom, or other friends and family, can request to have an invitation and agreement form sent to them, too. On the agreement form, they would indicate whose account they would like their rebate distributions applied to.

I have more questions!

Send an email to tammy@gracehsaonline.org and I will do my best to answer them!

 

Comments or Questions?

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6816 Bliss Ct. SW, Grandville, MI 49418
(616) 498-6673 or office@gracehsaonline.org